Bonds helps Giants keep pace with Dodgers


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- For as tired as Livan Hernandez felt for
his start Saturday, he couldn't complain about the result.

Hernandez struggled to sleep the night before after the San
Francisco Giants returned home in the wee hours from San Diego.

Yet the right-hander had enough energy to overcome a rough first
inning and win his second straight start as the Giants defeated the
Padres 12-4.

"I didn't feel strong with all my pitches or mechanics,'' he
said. ''(The win) is what counts.''

Barry Bonds reached 100 RBI in a season for the 11th time in
his career, tying the NL record set by Hank Aaron.

Bonds hit a pair of run-scoring singles and Pedro Feliz matched
his career high with three RBI as the Giants remained one game
ahead of the Dodgers in the NL wild-card race. Los Angeles beat
Colorado 16-3.

It was the first scheduled Saturday night game played at Pacific
Bell Park in the stadium's three-year history. And it got off to a
high-scoring start as the Giants led 5-3 after the first inning.

Giants manager Dusty Baker wasn't sure Hernandez would make it
out of the first inning after giving up three quick runs.

"It looked like it was going to be a long night for Livo, but
we got some runs back,'' Baker said. "It helps a lot. It helped
him, it helped us, it helped everybody. It helped the fans. It's
big when you can do that, but it's rare.''

Bonds singled off Brett Tomko (9-10) in the first for his 100th
RBI. Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and Lou Gehrig hold the major league
record of 13 seasons with 100 RBI.

Bonds' single marked the 13th straight time he had reached base,
two short of the NL record he shares with John Olerud. Bonds'
streak ended when he grounded out in the third inning.

In the eighth, Bonds singled home another run. He got a standing
ovation when he was replaced by a pinch-runner.

Bonds' early single pulled the Giants within 3-1. With two outs,
Reggie Sanders hit a two-run triple and Feliz had a two-run double.

Rich Aurilia added a two-run double in San Francisco's three-run
fourth and Sanders also doubled in the inning. Sanders, who had
three hits, and Kenny Lofton each scored three runs.

San Diego's Ryan Klesko continued his late-season offensive
surge with two doubles and a single off Hernandez (11-15).

He was the only bright spot.

"We were terrible,'' Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "We just
didn't play a good ballgame, and things got worse. At the end, it
got embarrassing to be honest.''

Hernandez allowed four runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts and
three walks in 5 2/3 innings to win his second straight start.

Three pitches into the game, the Padres had a 1-0 lead. Ramon
Vazquez led off the game with a triple to the wall in right-center,
then scored on Mark Kotsay's groundout.

San Diego added two more runs in the inning on an RBI single by
Ron Gant and run-scoring double from Gene Kingsale for a 3-0 lead.

Tomko lasted only 3 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on nine

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Bonds has reached base in 14 of 15 plate appearances in
this series. ... The first inning lasted about 40 minutes. ...
Hernandez surpassed 200 innings for the third straight season. It's
the first time a Giants pitcher has had three straight 200-inning
seasons since Vida Blue and Bob Knepper did it from 1978-80. ...
Feliz also had three RBI in a game twice last season. ... Bonds
drew his major league-leading 58th intentional walk. He leads the
majors with 174 walks overall. ... The Giants went over 3 million
in attendance for the third straight season in Pac Bell, reaching
3,012,940 in the team's 75th home date. ... RHP Kurt Ainsworth will
start Sunday's game instead of Jason Schmidt, who will now start
Monday vs. the Dodgers in L.A.